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KBB’s Most Awarded Cars And Brands - Where Subaru And Outback Rank Now

What are the most awarded cars and car brands in 2021? Kelly Blue Book says the 2022 Subaru Outback is on the list. See where Subaru ranks in the top-10.


What is Subaru’s best model? According to Kelly Blue Book (KBB), the 2022 Subaru Outback is the top model in Subaru of America’s all-wheel-drive lineup. KBB announced its most awarded cars and car brands for 2021, and the Outback is the 10th most awarded new car this year.

The 10 Most Awarded Cars in 2021

KBB’s most awarded cars from 10th to first are the 2022 Subaru Outback (10th), Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Tacoma, Kia Seltos, Toyota Corolla, Kia Telluride, Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Sienna, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota RAV4.

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing

KBB says, “Standard all-wheel drive and a durable interior designed to withstand outdoor adventures make the 2022 Subaru Outback a great choice for active lifestyles. It combines its capability with a comfortable ride and good cargo room. The Outback is a great value, earning spots on our Best Resale Value Awards and 5-Year Cost to Own Awards lists. It’s also one of the 10 Best Road Trip Cars of 2021.”

What is the cost of the 2022 Subaru Outback?

The 2022 Outback now comes in eight trim levels; the base trim is priced from $27,845, Premium ($30,270), Limited ($34,720), Touring ($38,620), Onyx Edition XT ($36,270), new for 2022, Outback Wilderness ($38,120), Limited XT ($39,120), and Touring XT ($41,070). Pricing includes $1,125 destination and delivery fees.

2022 Subaru Outback, features, specs, pricing
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The 10 Most Awarded Car Brands in 2021

KBB’s most awarded car brands from first to 10th are Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, Kia, Honda, Subaru, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, and Nissan.

KBB says the Subaru is the sixth most awarded car brand in 2021. Subaru’s lineup includes the 2022 Forester compact SUV, Outback midsize SUV/crossover, Crosstrek subcompact SUV, Ascent 3-Row SUV, Impreza compact sedan, and hatchback, Legacy sedan, WRX, and WRX STI performance cars, and the BRZ sports coupe. The 2023 Subaru Solterra all-electric SUV arrives mid-2022.

KBB says, “Known for being a more rugged option that’s ideal for those who have active lifestyles, Subaru is strong on reliability and resale value. The Impreza, Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback received the Best Resale Value award. The Forester, Outback, and 3-row Ascent received 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. The upcoming Solterra electric SUV even made an appearance as one of the 10 Best SUVs Worth Waiting For and is due to go on sale in 2022.”

Why is Subaru different from other automakers’ cars and SUVs?

Subaru uses a Boxer engine design which sits low in the chassis, which gives its SUV a lower center of gravity. This contributes to improved driving dynamics and better balance when making sudden turns.

All Subaru vehicles except one (BRZ rear-drive Sports Coupe) come standard with their Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. This sets their cars apart and gives them the all-weather capability and a go-anywhere attitude. The Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent also come with X-Model for additional all-terrain capability.

Subaru’s SUVs have higher ground clearance than other automaker’s models, with the 2022 Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent coming with 8-7-inches of ride height. This gives drivers a better view of the road and the ability to navigate more extreme terrain.

Kelly Blue Book says the 2022 Subaru Outback is the tenth most awarded new car in 2021, and Subaru of America is the sixth most awarded car brand in America. Check out Subaru’s electrification plans in the link below.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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